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ERIC Number: ED500550
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
New Teacher Initiative Designs: A Function of National Writing Project Core Values and Supportive Infrastructure
Heenan, Barbara; Houghton, Nina
Inverness Research Associates
This publication describes a dialectical process that emerged at 18 New Teacher Initiative (NTI) sites as they planned and implemented their new teacher support programs. From the inception of the initiative and throughout its duration, the process of developing, improving and refining the NTI programs was fueled by two potent entities: (1) the fundamental values to which the National Writing Project adheres, and (2) an infrastructure deliberately designed by the NWP to support effective professional development for new teachers. The report provides an analysis of how the recursive and iterative interaction among values, infrastructure, and design occurred in the New Teacher Initiative. Core design values are described from the perspectives of both NTI site leaders and new teacher participants. Components and strategies of the NWP infrastructure designed to support the initiative are also explicated, drawing on testimonials of both the NTI leaders and the participants. The report provides detailed illustration of how NTI sites, through interactions with elements of the NTI infrastructure, evolved increasingly effective design features for their programs by continually comparing and contrasting their professional development activities and strategies to core NWP values or principles. The report concludes with two discussions: (1) the idea that as the NTI sites matured and developed a "site-level practice" of new teacher support, their programs offered increasingly high levels of congruence between the core, focal values and the design of their work; and (2) the dynamic relationship among the core values, the infrastructure provided by the NWP and emergent NTI designs was made possible by a high "cultural capacity," and was responsible for propelling the overall NTI improvement process. The report was written with the assistance of Dawn Huntwork and Ellen Meyer. (Contains 6 footnotes and 2 figures.) [For associated reports, see ED500546, ED500549, and ED500556.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: Inverness Research Associates, CA.
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